Some progress, more work ahead for Minn. rural broadband

Yesterday, work began on the Greater Minnesota Broadband Collaborative Project, extending internet speeds and connectivity in northern Minnesota. A project in southern Minnesota also began construction. These projects largely stem from the controversial federal economic stimulus efforts of 2009 and remind us that those efforts are not yet complete.

Most of you know I have now spent years advocating for more and better internet infrastructure in northern Minnesota as our last, greatest opportunity to diversify our resource-based economy. The Internet Innovation Alliance contacted me recently and referred me to the graphic below and a news page updating efforts to expand broadband in Minnesota. This is a very simple but comprehensive list of potential benefits.

9 Ways broadband helps rural communities

(Thanks to Patrick Tuohey at the IIA)

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